Mercy College, New York
MERCY COLLEGE SWITCHED TO REGROUP MASS NOTIFICATION FROM A STATE-SPONSORED ALERT SYSTEM BECAUSE OF ITS FLEXIBILITY.
Mercy College needed a mass notification solution for both day-to-day communications and emergency alerts. It wanted a system that was easy to use and flexible enough for everything from weather-related announcements to alerts regarding potential violence against its faculty, staff or students. It switched to Regroup Mass Notification from a state-sponsored alert system because of its flexibility.
With a main campus in Dobbs Ferry and branches around the New York City area, Mercy is a private college with more than 11,000 students that is praised for both its cultural diversity and financial value.
In 2019, Mercy began leasing the College of New Rochelle’s main campus and three of its former branches, bringing in another 1,700 students over four campuses.
The college needed a flexible, easy mass notification system. It hired Regroup and in partnership created the white-label Mercy Alert system. Every Mercy College email is added to the Mercy Alert system. Mercy community members can also add other emails and an unlimited number of phone numbers, as well as set preferences on how communication should be received, whether via voice or text.
Emergency Preparedness Pays Off
The very nature of emergencies, including suspected potential violence, is unpredictability. By having a system in place that can keep people safe and informed during a blizzard, the college can also alert all concerned parties about potential violence.
”We have used Mercy Alert for weather-related issues, primarily snow delayed openings/early dismissals/closings,” says Konrad Motyka, the Executive Director for Campus Safety & Emergency Management.
”In 2018, however, we used the system to initiate a campus lockdown following police reports of a possible violent offender with a knife on campus. The report was not substantiated and we issued an all clear following a police sweep of a particular building.”
Flexible to Use, Ongoing Support
The campus safety and emergency management office also participated in a Regroup training on Templates for Emergencies. With templates, organizations of any size can send out emergency notifications with just two taps from any device. Regroup offers ongoing support, communications, webinars and training to all of its clients on a wide range of topics such as best practices and preventing workplace violence.
Without Regroup, Mercy’s communications would have had to rely on mass emails, and posting on its own campuses’ websites and social media. ”This would have been time consuming because everything would have to be done individually as opposed to simultaneously and it would not have allowed for SMS alerts,” Motyka says.
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